Every year we are bombarded with new phones, featuring upgraded parts or new features, they come and go as quickly as the seasons. For several years, Apple has been releasing their iPhones, a series of phones that have received just a bad reputation for being just that, a series of phones that seem very similar to the last. That could change in 2017 with Apple looking at OLED screens for their next generation of iPhones.
Apple is known for their high-end machines, offering quality at a price. Many say the same about their iPhones, with quality coming at a price some consider too high to pay. With a faster processor and 3D touch technology, many were convinced that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were a symbol of Apple’s “repeating” business model, with little changing from phone to phone.
Switching from LCD to OLED would be a big step for Apple. OLED offer thinner, lighter and more flexible screens, which when combined with their high energy efficiency would mean that Apple’s screens would feel better, combined with their more vivid colours would present a whole new generation of viewing for the iPhone.
While the rumours that Apple could introduce OLED screens in 2017, many are sceptical about this time line and think that you may have to wait till 2019 before you see an iPhone with an OLED screen. With companies like Samsung already using OLED technology, waiting several years before introducing it to your iPhone may do nothing more than hinder already dwindling iPhone sales.
Smart wearables are nothing new, but it’s certainly still a growing market. With that in mind, it makes sense that gaming brands such as Razer would want to get in on the action, they already make a wide range of peripherals, and while I’m sure they would love us all to sit at our desks using Razer hardware, gamers need to get exercise too. Being able to track your fitness is no bad thing, especially if you’re trying to get in shape, but the Razer Nabu offers a little more than your average connected sportswear.
“Stay on top of everything when the Nabu notifies you of incoming calls, texts, emails, and other app alerts discreetly via the private message screen and a gentle vibration.” – Said Razer.
All the basics of a fitness band are available here, as the Nabu will use its accelerometer and built-in algorithms to give you real-time feedback on the band, as well as in the dedicated mobile app. You can track your steps walked, distance travelled, calories burnt, hours slept, active minutes and personal goals. The sleep tracker is a cool feature, as it’ll measure the actual duration you slept once you’ve finally stopped fidgeting, the sleep quality, again no doubt tracking the amount of times you turn in your sleep, as well as offering you a silent alarm via its vibration function; handy if you want to get up for your morning coffee without waking the kids.
Check out this cool product video from Razer, although amazingly it’s NSFW and features quite a lot of graphic violence… cool! Zombie dismembering aside, it does a great job of demonstrating many of the features of the Nabu.
Display and Sensor
OLED 128×16 single color
Cylindrical vibration motor
Single button for OLED screen access and other specific functions
Lithium-polymer battery with up to 6 days battery life
Rain, sweat, and splash proof. Not suitable for showering and submerging.
Charging via proprietary USB cable.
Wireless syncing with mobile devices via Bluetooth LE.
iPhone 5/5S/6/6 Plus with iOS 8 (or higher)
Android 4.3 (or higher) device with Bluetooth Lower Energy (BT 4.0 or higher).
There are even more cool features too, such as shaking hands with another Nabu owner and you can exchange social media information and more! With support from a wide range of popular applications, you can ensure you get all the information you need, right when you need it, all right on the built-in OLED display on the top of the wristband.
As with any other Razer product, the NABU is very nicely packaged, with a clear image of the product on the front and, of course, those more than familiar Razer colours.
Around the back of the box, a quick technical rundown, as well as a plastic panel that acts as a size guide for the wristband; very handy!
Open the box and you’ll find, ta da! Another box.
This one is more like a presentation box, and you’ll find a nicely secured NABU wristband on the interior, as well as a small pull-out drawer at the base for the accessories.
There’s a small USB charging cable, which naturally comes with the Razer Green header, a small link attachment for the wristband to adjust the size, and the usual documentation.
Swiss researchers have produced the world’s smallest inkjet-printed image using quantum dot technology, according to ETH Zurich. The picture, which is a colour picture of a school of clownfish, measuring just 0.08mm-by-0.115mm (or 0.003inches-by-0.005inches) at a resolution of 25,000dpi, can only be seen by the human eye through a microscope. At the width of a human hair, the full image (below) has been verified as the smallest colour image ever printed by Guinness World Records.
Quantum dot technology is being implemented in the next generation of 4K-and-above televisions and monitors, allowing a more efficient alternative to current OLED technology. Using quantum dots for printing could open up the market for printable screens on demand.
“In a futuristic scenario, you could imagine having a plastic foil that goes into a printer and on the other side there is a display coming out,” Dr Patrick Galliker said to the BBC. “You’d have all the functionality of a
screen, which has just been printed using nanomaterials that are in a liquid phase.”
Some, however, are more dismissive about the feat, with Chris Green, a technology expert at the business consultancy Lewis, telling the BBC, “This experiment was a very interesting gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless.”
“But as a technical exercise to demonstrate the sheer versatility of what quantum dot technology can do with regards to imaging, it’s an absolutely fascinating demonstration of what can be achieved with what is not that expensive technology,” Green added.
Cooler Master is one of the leading peripheral manufacturers with a history spanning over 20 years. The latest addition to their product line-up is the Sentinel III ergonomic gaming mouse designed for first-person-shooter players who adopt a palm grip. Additionally, the mouse sports a 32-bit ARM processor, 512KB on-board memory, and customizable OLED display. Leo Cheng, Product Manager at Cooler Master said the mouse is:
“Designed for right-handed palm grip players, the Sentinel III includes a new sensor and expanded on-board memory”
“The new and improved OLED display also allows you to rename your profiles in addition to knowing your exact DPI settings and/or uploading custom logos. This is the first step in making the Sentinel III truly yours.”
The Sentinel III’s Avago 3988 sensor offers supreme accuracy and the DPI can be set to 400, 1200, 4000 and 6400. Additionally, the mouse doesn’t incorporate any hardware acceleration and includes five removable 4.5g weights. The main buttons are also rated for 20 million clicks and the Sentinel III’ body opts for an extremely comfortable matte UV coating.
Cooler Master’s software suite allows you to create macros, adjust the LED illumination and change a number of other advanced features. If you run out of programmable buttons, the ‘Storm TactiX’ setting can assign secondary functions to your mouse, triggered swiftly in-game simply by holding the function aka ‘TX’ button. This increases the button count from eight to fifteen and greatly enhances the overall level of customization.
LCD panels have been previously used in smartphones and are still being used in most smartphones today. However, the newest display technology on the market is the AMOLED panel, used in smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 3, providing improved image quality, but at a much higher price than the LCD panels.
Manufacturers still use the LCD panels in order to bring smartphones at a much cheaper price, having the AMOLED panel’s price at 10-20% higher than the LCD. In an example, it is said that a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels AMOLED panel is said to be 16% more expensive than the LCD counterpart. The good news is that as time passes, new technology becomes more demanding and prices drop. This is said to be the case for the AMOLED panel as well, having said that it will even out or be even cheaper than a LCD panel within two years.
“Until recently there have been few breakthroughs in the production of AMOLED displays, and the OLED industry seemed to be facing hard times,” said DisplaySearch’s Jimmy Kim. “If AMOLED costs fall below LCDs, as expected, it would lead to more opportunities for the OLED display industry, greater competition with LCD, and more choices for consumers.”
It is said that AMOLED production has recently started in China as well as Korea, with expectations for higher demand in the near future. Also, Korean manufacturer, Samsung, is said to have made significant achievements with its Quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels screen by improving its grayscale and color accuracy, along with its brightness.
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Just as you think that no more pixels can be crammed into a display Sharp comes along and proves everyone wrong. Sharp are developing an incredible 8K OLED display in the 13.3 inch form factor for notebook PCs. The mind-boggling display offers up a 7680 x 4320 8K resolution with an incredible pixel density of 664 PPI. The advanced prototype display has 500 million pixel transistors and the backplane has c-axis aligned crystalline oxide semiconductor field effect transistors. The display has been created by combining white-light LEDs with three different microcavities used to narrow wavelengths down to RGB colours. The red has apparently suffered due to the technique used offering “only” 84% of the colour gamut set by NTSC standards.
The bad news is that a spokesperson at the event where the display was shown off said it was difficult to say if the new 8K OLED display would ever make it into consumer-grade products, especially not in the near future as we’re already struggling to mainstream 4K due to the high panel costs. 8K displays will almost definitely be the worthy successors to 4K displays but given the relative immaturity of 4K displays it looks like we still have some way to go before they become anything close to mainstream.
It appears that Nokia has unveiled its new folding display technology at the Society for Information Display 2014 conference, having on display two types of high-resolution OLED folding displays.
Though the technology is at its early stages, Nokia cloud be hinting at potential new handsets featuring the flexible displays in the near future. Other manufacturers, such as LG and its Flex handset, have also entered the market with such handsets bearing flexible displays, therefore Nokia might be heading on the right path with these new displays.
The first display is said to have the ability to be folded twice, having Nokia calling it a ‘book type’ display, while the second display has the ability to be folded three times. Both screen are said to measure in at 5.9-inches, having a pixel per inch count of 249 and bearing a resolution of 1280 x 720.
Although the display can be folded, that does not mean it can be folded indefinitely. Nokia has stated that the maximum folds before the display breaks is currently set at 100,000 folds. In addition, the displays can be folded to a 2 mm radius, meaning the screen can not quite touch, but it is impressively close.
In terms of production, the displays are said to be made by forming release, colour filter, TFT and OLED layers on a glass substrate, having the colour filter and OLED layers attached to each other and finally having the glass layer replaced with flexible substrates.
Nokia has not officially stated their intentions with the given flexible displays, but given that the company is a handset and tablet manufacturer, one would guess that new flexible display Lumias could surface in the future.
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When we were at CES 2013 and more recently, CES 2014, we saw endlessly impressive curved OLED displays that were nothing short of amazing to look at, yet the only that that made our jaws drop even further were the prices being asked for these digital behemoths. Prices were often in the region of $15,000 to $40,000 for some of the latest displays and that meant that mean mortals would likely never see one.
More recently we’ve seen LG’s first commercial OLED TV take a massive price drop from $15,000 down to just $10,000. That’s still an insane amount of money for a TV, but still makes a 1/3 price drop for the set, not a discount to be sniffed at. Yet with five figures still in the price tag it was clear that the technology still had a long way to develop before it reached the level of your average consumer. Now LG have slashed the price of their 55″ curved display once again, bringing the price down to $7000 (after an instant $1000 rebate).
$7000 is still damn expensive, but at least the displays are now down to the same level as the early 3DTV models, give it another year and we should be looking at less than half of that price for the curved display. Yet as long as you can pick up a bigger 4K display without a curved screen for less money and the curved OLED, we suspect that even enthusiasts will be feeling more inclined to keep their screens curve free.
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There are rumors that Samsung is looking to launch another ‘redesigned’ Galaxy Gear 2. The first attempt to release a wearable device, aka. the Galaxy Gear, was not as successful as Samsung thought, having encountered numerous issues with their first design.
There were flaws such as poor battery life, not-so user interface, and a bunch of other features were not working properly, leaving many users wonder of Samsung is a good choice for a wearable device. But the South Korean giant is not about to give up on the wearable tech just yet, having set to bring another smartwatch along with the Galaxy S5 handset and the Note.
According to the recent rumors, Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released this year with a different and improved Galaxy Gear 2. While the original duo of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and not-so-popular Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch did not go that well on the consumer market, Samsung is hoping that this one might just do what its predecessor failed.
Tech Radar reportedly even started on looking into how the wearable gadget might look like. They came up with a OLED curved screen, draped in steel, and neat design. But will it be a game changer for Samsung, or will it just turn out to be another failure as before? Given the strong competition announced on the wearable devices market, another failure could knock Samsung off the wearable market for good.
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The first wearable device that Apple is expected to unveil is a smartwatch which is commonly referred to as the iWatch. There’s no confirmation from the company that such a device exists, but the trial production of this device is underway and apparently it is plagued by a few problems. Apple is said to be debating on what screen technology to use that would work best with regards to battery life. The smartwatch is reportedly plagued with battery issues as well and the manufacturing process is reportedly hampered by poor rates.
Previous rumors suggest that Apple might use an OLED display for the iWatch, but the new report claims that the company is going back and forth on the screen technology due to battery concerns. The smartwatch is said to have a 100 mAh battery at this stage, comparable to the 105mAh battery found in the sixth generation iPod nano. Rumor has it that the battery is only able to provide power for a couple of days, while Apple is looking to expand it to four to five days at the very least.
This isn’t the first time it has been said that manufacturing issues are slowing down trial production of the iWatch. It is believed that finish treatments for the smartwatch’s body are tricky which are resulting in poor yield rates that are not up to Apple’s mark. Despite all of these issues, it is still believed that Apple will be able to launch iWatch in 2014.
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OLED TV panels are the future, there is no doubt about it. If you have doubts about the benefits of an OLED panel, it is because you haven’t seen one yet, with many panels promising infinite contrast ratios, the blackest of black and colours unlike anything else on the market. Add that to 4K panels and you’ve got something more drool worthy than any other TV on the market… but there is a downside, cost.
OLED is expensive technology due to the fact they are a small nightmare to manufacture. The process of creating a panel for OLED requires a vacuum evaporation technique, and something called shadow masking which are basically wasteful, inefficient and expensive. So much so that it takes longer to make an OLED display than any other type of display, but the failure rate is also higher, this in turn pushes the retail price through the roof.
YieldJet promises to fix this, using their OLED panel printing system that is effectively a giant inkjet printer in a pure nitrogen chamber that places OLED pixels on glass or plastic. That means that the panels can be easily mass produced, with greater accuracy, lower fail rates, reduced cost and effectively made to any size for smartphones and giant TV screens.
In short, the future is looking pretty promising for OLED TV.
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Wireless mice have often suffered from the assumption that they are not as good as hard wired mice. More often than not this is simply because there is lag in getting the signal from the mouse to the PC quick enough, something that people who take their gaming seriously really care about as a few extra milliseconds can be the difference between death or an epic head-shot. Then there are problems with battery life, or a lack of extra features that you often find on premium wired gaming mice. Gigabyte know this, so Gigabyte are going to try and do something about it, that is where the Aivia Uranium comes into play, and if it is as powerful as the periodic element that it is named after, we are in for a real treat.
Gaming is big business these days and many gamers have little issue with paying a premium for quality gaming gear, especially if there will be a noticeable improvement to their gaming experience, or of course any general improvement in the comfort and productivity while using a computer. The Uranium mouse is quite expensive at around £90 – £100 (prices taken from Google Shopping), but it does pack an impressive feature set as well as some truly unique features, such as the OLED equipped Ghost Macro Station, high quality sensor and wireless technology.
The packaging we have here isn’t the final retail edition, Gigabyte say it will be of a higher quality upon release but things are already looking pretty good in my opinion. We have a great image of the mouse and the Ghost Macro Station on the front of the box and a few details about the wireless technology on the right side.
Around the back we have a run down of the major features, this includes the 4-direction mouse wheel that also acts as a controller for the OLED display of the Ghost Station. There are 10 programmable buttons, DPI switching, 50 hours battery lift with play and charge capability and live editing of macros and settings.
Inside the slip cover I found a nice presentation box with the Aivia logo on the top.
Inside we have the Uranium element symbol and number, the mouse and the Ghost Station.
The small box at the top contains some leaflets and general user information, the rechargeable batteries as well as some replacement Teflon slipmats.
The Ghost Station comes hard wired with a long braided cable, two gold plated USB connectors and a small Velcro strap to keep your cables nice and tidy.
If the rumours are true and Panasonic really are pulling out of the plasma TV trade next year, then this is indeed a sad day. Not only are Panasonic one of the few companies left in the world that actually make plasma screens, but the ones they currently do make are some of the best home cinema screen in the world.
Many people have jumped to LCD and LED tech for their screens, but Plasma has been loved by home cinema enthusiasts for many years as it can often offers better black levels, bright colours and some of the best colour reproduction when compared to its LCD/LED counterparts.
The end of their plasma line would mean Panasonic would have to close their Amagasaki plant, which would then be put up for sale next year.
It seems likely to suspect that this will all go ahead, the plasma side of Panasonic’s business has been loosing money for a few years now, despite the critical acclaim of their Viera range, especially the TX-P60ZT65 which won the European home cinema TV of the year 2013-2014.
While I will mourn the loss of another great range of plasma displays, maybe it is time to lay it to rest as 4K OLED technology may be the way to go and could be the perfect thing to soften the blow.
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In America consumers can now get their hands on Sony’s HMZ-T3W wearable display. The Sony HMZ-T3W is available on pre-order for a hefty $999. The wearable display uses dual OLED monitor that simulate sitting 65 feet away from a 750 inch, yes seven hundred and fifty inch, display. The wearable display currently comes only in a wireless version but a wired version may come in the future according to Sony.
The wireless HMZ-T3W is capable of streaming up to 7 metres away from the stream source which is tethered to a small battery pack. You can plug things into the wearable display too, via MHL or micro-HDMI, so you can use your tablet or smartphone to watch films and video content in a truly immersive experience.
Sony says the units won’t start shipping till November.
Samsung is preparing to launch a revolutionary curved OLED screen device, codenamed “Youm” this October. This news comes after Samsung announcing the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 3 model with curved display.
According to The Inquirer, DJ Lee, head of strategic marketing for Samsung Mobile spilled word of the announcement to Reuters, saying, “We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October.”
The “Youm” device is rumored to feature a 5.5 inch display and given its curved surface, the size in 2D could appear compact and closer to a 5-inch displays. Since Samsung is looking to score big on the aesthetics front by releasing a cutting-edge display, maybe it could even be enough to change user perspective away from the iPhone 5S and HTC One. The manufacturing of the curved OLED panel for the device has solely been done by Samsung, and even demonstrated its prototypes at this year’s International CES.
In the meantime, the Galaxy S5 development codenamed Project Design 3.0 is still in progress.
Both Samsung and LG have finally called an end to their year long dispute over display technology patents, which resulted in multiple lawsuits being opened as the two companies locked horns in the court room.
Back in December 2012, Samsung sued LG as they believed their has been stealing Samsung LCD technology. Then in September 2012 both sides sued each other over OLED technology, LG claimed patent infringement and Samsung said they were stealing information from key employees.
“It was agreed that we two should focus more on cementing our leadership in the global market by cooperation, instead of engaging in all-consuming patent disputes,” said Samsung Display in a recent statement.
“What’s most important for both of us is upgrading our competitiveness globally,” said LG in their recent statement.
This is a rare and wonderful thing in the technology industry, or any industry for that matter! It is common place for companies to be locked in eternal legal battles with their rivals and the fact that the two have effectively kissed and made up is great news for consumers, especially now that the companies are going to focus on competitiveness, innovation and a generally healthier level of rivalry that can only benefit both companies and end users even more that a bunch of lawsuits would.
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Curved display technology is gradually maturing and we brought you the news recently that LG would be releasing flexible OLED smartphones by the end of this year. Now it appears that this curved OLED display technology is going to arrive for the TV market before smartphones as LG’s curved OLED TV is now up for pre-order.
LG’s EA9800 TV sports a 55 inch display that is just 4.3mm in thickness. You definitely pay a premium for the curvature because the LG EA9800 will cost $13,500/€10,500 which is around $4000/€3000 more than a “standard” 55 inch OLED TV.
Like with a lot of LG products they are now offering pre-orders in their native country South Korea, they should already be possible, and it is expected that the finished products will ship at some point in June. It is expected that it may take 6 months to a year for the same TV to be offered in the USA, Europe, Japan or anywhere else that demands it.
“Our Curved OLED TV is not only the proof of LG’s unmatched leadership in next-generation displays but also a testament to LG’s commitment to bringing to market the most exciting TV technology available today,” said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company.
The LG EA9800 is said to offer an “IMAX-like” experience…and you’d certainly hope so for $13,500. The LG EA9800 employs a WRGB technology which adds a fourth white sub pixel to the colour spectrum. LG’s colour refiner also gives greater tonal enhancement to all colours.
Unfortunately we have no more information than that and availability outside South Korea is going to be announced in the coming months. For those who are super desperate to get their hands on one of these soon, there is probably a way to import it from South Korea if you are willing to do your research.
Samsung’s flexible OLED technology is vulnerable to both moisture and oxygen degradation. Encapsulation technology is required to prevent these OLED displays from degrading over time. This technology gives them a protective coating which shields them from the harsh elements of life.
However, Samsung originally chose Vitex System’s encapsulation technology at the end of 2011 but since then it has struggled with it. The reason is that Samsung can’t get their OLED displays encapsulated fast enough for mass production. Consequently, Samsung now has to investigate other routes for encapsulating its LED displays and this means a delay.
“As we have accumulated expertise in this field, progress is being made in substrates as well as encapsulation technology. We have developed a new technology that can shorten the encapsulation process to less than two minutes by using the Vitex System-developed encapsulation technology,” according to Samsung Display.
Samsung may try and speed up the existing process if possible, or move to a new system of encapsulation. For consumers though, the technicalities are irrelevant. The important, and irritating, thing to note is that these flexible displays are delayed for the foreseeable future. Samsung gave no time frame on the potential delay so guessing when these flexible displays will be ready is total guess work. By the sounds of it though, most of the ground work is done in terms of the core design, it is just the last process – encapsulation – that has suffered a technical hitch.
Are you disappointed about the potential delay? When do you think we will see flexible displays come to market?
Samsung Display and LG Display have both been at each others throats over the past year or so with allegations of stolen technology and other questionable tactics. Their problems certainly haven’t been resolved or tackled in a dignified manner and that continues with the news that Samsung Display Company’s HQ was raided by the South Korean Police in Asan, Seoul.
The dispute is over the OLED technology which LG claim Samsung stole and it did show signs of being resolved soon but this latest development has surely put a halt to that. Samsung Display denied any involvement in anything and everything, in true corporate fashion, while LG claimed that the allegations with which the police raided the Samsung Display HQ on, weren’t made by them. In fact LG claims the police made up their own allegations and raided Samsung Display HQ all on their own terms.
LG is currently pressing for Samsung to license its OLED technology, which Samsung is refusing to do so saying that the OLED technology it has is its own. Neither company have sent any OLED TVs or displays to market in North America or Europe and we don’t think that will happen anytime soon either as the companies continue to battle it out in style.
What are your thoughts on the squabbling between Samsung and LG? Is there a lawsuit on the cards soon? Do you think they are holding back the display market with their fighting?